legislative scholarships

Governor Will Sign Bill
9:07 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Illinois Legislative Scholarships Eliminated

The Illinois Capitol building

Illinois lawmakers gave final approval to legislation (HB 3810) that puts an end to their much-criticized perk of being able to hand out waivers for tuition at state colleges.

The century-old custom has been heavily criticized because some legislators awarded the scholarships to the children of friends and political insiders.

Representative Fred Crespo (D-Hoffman Estates) said the waiver program is outdated.

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Scandal Ridden Program
3:36 pm
Wed May 2, 2012

Lawmakers Close to Ending Legislative Scholarships

The Illinois Capitol building

An Illinois Senate panel is supporting legislation (HB 3810) that would end a perk that lets legislators hand out free tuition at state universities.

The House has voted to get rid of the scandal-plagued program three years running. But previous attempts have been blocked by Senate Democrats -- until now.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno said problems with the scholarships are well-documented.

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